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Kildare County Council unveil plans for Africa Day Event on Saturday 20th May at Newbridge Town Hall

Kildare County Council has today 15th May 2017 announced details of an event to celebrate Africa Day 2017.

Africa Day falls on 25th May each year, with events taking place around the country from 20th May and is an initiative of the African Union.  It aims to celebrate African diversity and success and the cultural and economic potential of the continent.  In Ireland, events to mark Africa Day are supported by Irish Aid (the Government’s programme for overseas development) and Kildare County Council.

The event “A Taste of Africa” planned by Kildare County Council in conjunction with the Kildare Integration Strategy Steering Group and Kildare Integration Network will take place on Saturday 20th May 2017 from 2.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. in Newbridge Town Hall and will comprise a taste of the food, music and dance of Africa. 

This event is being supported by Irish Aid as part of a programme of events to mark Africa Day 2017. Commenting on Kildare County Council’s event, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D. said: “Irish Aid’s Africa Day events are a great occasion for families and friends to celebrate African culture and the strong bonds that exist between Ireland and the continent of Africa.

“Irish Aid has been working in Africa on behalf of the people of Ireland over several decades to deliver improvements in the areas of nutrition, education, poverty eradication, gender equality and the environment and also in response to humanitarian emergencies. This work is built on the contributions of Irish missionary nuns and priests who were the bedrock of relations between Ireland and Africa in the first instance.  Their footprint has enabled relations to continue to grow in an authentic manner, underpinned by trust and respect.

“Trading relationships between Ireland and countries throughout Africa are also developing steadily and many exciting new opportunities for economic growth are emerging.

“I invite everyone with an interest in these and other connections between Ireland and Africa to attend Africa Day celebrations”

 

Further information about Irish Aid’s programme of events for Africa Day is available at www.africaday.ie

 

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